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Blaydes wants a crack at the undisputed
Ultimate Fighting Championship heavyweight title, but he now
faces the difficult task of having to potentially navigate five
rounds with one of the sport’s scariest power punchers.
Elevation Fight Team export will confront former Legacy
Fighting Championship titleholder Derrick
Lewis in the
UFC Fight Night 185 headliner on Saturday at the UFC Apex in
Las Vegas, where another successful performance would inch him
closer to his ultimate goal. Blaydes has rattled off four
consecutive victories since he succumbed to blows from Francis
Ngannou some two years ago. He last appeared at UFC on ESPN 11
in June, when he laid claim to an exhausting five-round unanimous
decision over onetime Bellator
MMA and M-1 Global
Volkov. Lewis, meanwhile, has pieced together a three-fight
winning streak. “The Black Beast” last competed at UFC Fight Night
174, where he brought down Alexey
Oleynik with punches in the second round of their Aug. 8 main
As UFC Fight Night “Blaydes vs. Lewis” approaches, a look at some
of the numbers the fighters on the card have generated to this
59: Takedowns completed by Blaydes inside the
Octagon, most all-time among UFC heavyweights. He also ranks first
in top position time (59:44) and control time (1:13:28).
19: Lewis wins by knockout or technical knockout,
accounting for 79% of his career total (24). His list of victims
includes the aforementioned Volkov, Marcin
Gonzaga and Jared
Rosholt. Lewis owns four other victories by decision and one by
5: Countries in which Yana
Kunitskaya has competed as a professional mixed martial artist.
She has gone 4-3 in the United States, 5-1 in Russia, 2-0 in
Poland, 2-0 in Lithuania and 0-1 in Denmark. Kunitskaya faces
Vieira in the three-round co-main event at 135 pounds.
8: Submission wins to Charles
Rosa’s credit, providing the
American Top Team rep with 62% of his professional total (13).
His methods of choice: four armbars, one triangle choke, one
Peruvian necktie, one anaconda choke and one brabo choke. Rosa
holds three other victories by knockout and two by decision. He
Minner in a three-round featherweight showcase.
43: Years of age for Oleynik. The oldest fighter
on the card, he was born on June 25, 1977—78 days before the Atari
2600 gaming console made its debut—in Kharkiv, Ukraine. Oleynik
takes on Chris
Daukaus in a featured heavyweight attraction.
45: Seconds needed for Daukaus to punch out
Nascimento Ferreira in his organizational debut at UFC Fight
Night 179 on Oct. 10. It was the fastest stoppage win of his
100: Percent finish rate for Phil Hawes.
Sanford MMA export has delivered seven of his nine victories by
knockout and two others by submission. Hawes tackles Nassourdine
Imavov in a three-round middleweight feature.
38: Significant strikes by which Imavov outlanded
Williams at UFC on ESPN 16 in October. The Frenchman connected
with 68 such strikes and absorbed only 30 in return, as he posted a
unanimous decision over Williams in his first UFC assignment.
Imavov also completed one takedown, attempted four submissions and
piled up 4:51 of control time.
19: Arlovski victories under the UFC banner, tying
him with Diego
Sanchez, Rafael dos
Anjos and Dustin
Poirier for seventh on the promotion’s all-time list. Only
Cerrone (23), Demian Maia
Miller (21), Michael
Bisping (20), Georges St.
Pierre (20) and Jon Jones (20)
have more. Arlovksi puts Tom
Aspinall to the test in a three-round heavyweight showcase.
54.5: Seconds Aspinall requires, on average, to
procure victory. He has recorded all nine of his wins inside one
round, five of them in less than a minute.
23: Years of age for promotional newcomer Casey
O’Neill. The youngest fighter on the card, she was born on Oct. 7,
1997 in Irvine, Scotland. O’Neill makes her Octagon debut opposite
Dobson in a preliminary flyweight clash.
.756: Cumulative winning percentage between the 30
fighters scheduled to compete at the event. They own a combined
record of 464-147-3. Oleynik owns the most wins (59) of any fighter
on the card, while Arlovski has been saddled with the most losses